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Aug. 12 hearing set for town office plans

JAFFREY — The Jaffrey Select Board has set an Aug. 12 public hearing to receive community input on preliminary site designs for a new town office adjacent to the existing Goodnow Street municipal building.

The public hearing will be held at the town office and begin at 7 p.m.

A building committee has been working over the past couple of months to vet proposals for a new town office, and the town is expected to reveal and present on three of those potential sites at the public hearing.

While the town had once considered building on the town office’s existing footprint, town officials have since determined that doing so is not feasible or cost-effective, Town Manger Dave Caron told the Ledger-Transcript earlier this month. The current building is 4,500 square feet, and a recent space study calls for twice that square footage, according to Caron.

Concern also arose among members of the building committee about where the town would temporarily house its employees, and how it would ensure that public services were uninterrupted should the existing site become a construction zone, according to Select Board member Kathy Batchelder, who serves on the committee.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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